Ground Broken on Atlas Life

SJS Hospitality LLC of Broken Arrow, broke ground on the Courtyard by Marriott-Atlas Life last week, kicking off a 14-month construction schedule that will see the 118-room hotel open by mid May 2010, according to SJS owner/operator Jeff Hartman.
Hartman said he and his partners, Steve and Spike Ehrhardt of Missouri, purchased the building more than a year ago and have since completed architectural plans, by Gh2 Architects of Tulsa, selected all of the subcontractors and done extensive demolition work inside the 86-year-old building.
The hotel will feature Marriott’s new “Redefinition” design package, which presents an open, modern feel to the lobby and decor throughout the hotel. The 118 guest rooms will include king rooms, king studios and double queen rooms.
Part of the prolonged design process, Hartman said, was trying to historically preserve much of the building, which Tulsa Metro Chamber Chairman David Page called a “downtown jewel.”
As part of that effort, the first floor of the building will be left historically intact, and guests will check in on the second floor.
“This 118 room boutique-style hotel will not only be one of Marriott’s newest designs for a Courtyard, but will be one of a few Marriotts listed on the National Registry of Historic Places,” Hartman said. “We will add some new retail stores on the first floor as well as keeping the existing Tulsa Press Club and Atlas Grille. In addition to that, SJS Hospitality is donating the space on the first floor to the Tulsa Historical Society.”
In an effort to drive business to the Atlas Grille, the hotel’s Bistro Bar and Grill will shut down during lunchtime hours.
Hartman said both the Press Club and the Atlas Grille will undergo renovations this year.
In addition to the preservation of the first floor, the well-preserved seventh floor will be left mainly intact, and will be converted into the Atlas Life Hospitality Suite, a three-room suite overlooking Boston Avenue.
Other hotel amenities include valet parking for guests, shuttle service to and from Tulsa International Airport and a 52-inch LCD flat screen “Go Board,” a touch-screen monitor powered by USA Today, allowing guests to view news and flight information and to print boarding passes on site.
Thomas Construction will act as general contractor for the project.
Engineering is being handled by Wallace Engineering and Precision Engineering.
Initial purchase of the building from Kanbar Properties, which has retained management of the building, was financed by First National Bank of Stillwater. SpiritBank also provided financing.

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